Wrightsville Beach, NC-Great Warm Weather Fishing-Fall is starting to Show.

August 22nd, 2010 by Capt. Jot Owens | Comments Off

Hello form still very warm (hot) southeast North Carolina.  The good news is fishing has been good to very good and we are starting to see signs of fall everyday.  I’ve got to tell you; this is one summer that I’ve been hoping for an early fall!  I know, the winter will get here and we will want summer back again!  To the fishing report>>>

Flounder has been the name of the game!  We have caught a lot of Flounder this season so far and we are really just getting to good Flounder time.  We have caught very high numbers with any where form one in two (50%) to one in four (25%) keepers this season.  The good news is in the last two weeks the numbers as well as the size is getting better.  On most ½ day trips we are catching fifth teen to over twenty Flounder.  The best days have been on live bait but; some of the bigger fish have hit artificial baits.

Live bait has been the key for catching higher numbers of Flounder, but you can still catch very nice ones on artificial baits too.  Mud minnows and small finger mullet have been the best baits for us lately.  Rigging the live bait on carolina rigs with EC 042 1/0 hooks and thirty to forty pound mono or Fluorocarbon leaders.  We use egg sinkers when casting for Flounder and river sinkers when drifting for the Flounder; the river sinkers seem to ride over stuff (hangs) on the bottom easier when drifting.

Jig heads rigged with Berkley Gulps new Mud minnow/croaker pattern have been great for our Flounder trips in the last few weeks.  Also the Gulp Ripple Mullet and the Gulp Jerk shad have caught some bigger Flounder too.  We rig the Mud minnow Gulp on a 1/4oz to 3/8oz gray or red jig heads (spring lock) works the best.  A thirty pound mono or fluorocarbon leader about fifth teen to twenty inches long will work just fine.  The colors that we’ve had the most luck with in the Mud minnow pattern Killifish, New Penny, Pearl White and Sardine.  In the Ripple Mullet pattern colors that have worked well are Root beer/gold with chart tail and New penny.  The Jerk shad colors that are working for us are Blue Pepper Neon, Sapphire Shine and Pearl White.

Speckled trout fishing is starting to pick up south of Wrightsville Beach and should get even better in September.  The warm temps have made it a little hard to get numbers of Speckled trout but we have caught a few nice trout in the early mornings with top water lures.  On very calm mornings or late afternoons one lure has worked well for us catching some nice speckled trout.  The lure is the 10MR (MirrO Prop) by MirrOlure, this lure is a prop bait with sonic rattles.  This lure is not loud to our ears but it emits vibration and sound that fish can hear very well.  Give it a try on a calm morning when the water is flat and very still.  Berkley Gulp Alive Ripple Mullets in the colors Goby magic with chart tail and New penny fleck have caught us some trout lately too.

The Sheephead fishing is still going very good and should be good until late October.  Rigging is easy for Sheephead; we use a short carolina rig with forty pound mono or fluorocarbon leader about eight to ten inches long.  The hook is a number one or 1/0 live bait nose hook; small, sharp and strong, very important for Sheephead!  Look for Sheephead around pilings, bulkheads and large oyster rocks that stay covered up by water most of the tide.  For bait, we catch fiddler crabs on mud banks on the ICW.  Sheephead fishing takes patients and time to catch them but it’s worth the time!

Fishing Gear we use:

Reels Penn Conquer and Sargus spinning in sizes 2000 and 4000. Spiderwire Ultra-cast braid in 10 and 15#.   Rods: Ugly stik lite 6’6” and 7’ Med light & Med and the All Star ASR spinning rod ASR844S and ASR845S.

Thanks for reading this report, if you would like to go fishing drop me a line. I’m very busy this time of year but if you would like to go fishing please feel free to call any time to check my availability and don’t forget to take a kid fishing!

Good Luck,

Captain Jot Owens
Ranger Boats Pro Staff
PENN Reels Elite Staff
www.captainjot.com
910-233-4139

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Wrightsville Beach, NC Inshore Fishing Report; Redfish, FLounder, Mackerel

July 27th, 2010 by Capt. Jot Owens | Comments Off

Well folks the HOT weather is back and with it has been a brisk Southwest wind.  The wind has really kept me inshore fishing for the last few weeks, but we did get out in the ocean a few times early in the morning before the wind got up.  The days we got out the Spanish mackerel fishing was good and the days we could not get out we’ve been catching good numbers of Flounder and a few nice Redfish too.  Let’s talk about that and a few other things in this weeks fishing report>>>

The great thing about Spanish mackerel fishing is that most days it is instant gratification fishing.  When you take kids fishing or first time anglers this is very important for your day of fishing; “get some fish in the boat”!  Spanish are fun on light tackle and they are good to eat, not a bad first time catch fish.  Most of the Spanish lately are biting just off the beach to about two miles offshore.  When the Spanish are on top, we are casting Maria jigs and jig fish spoons.  We Rig these jigs with thirty pound mono or Fluoro leader material.

When the Spanish are not jumping, we are trolling number one planners with Clark spoons.  The Clark spoons that have worked the best for us have been #00 and #0 in colors gold, silver and pink flash.  We rig the planner with a ball bearing swivel connected to thirty to forty feet of thirty pound mono leader then the Clark spoon tied on.  I have just this year started to use a new product for Spanish fishing and it works great, it’s the Blue Water Candy Spanish Daisy Chain.  You can troll this rig on a light spinning or bait casting combo and catch Spanish in very good numbers.  The colors I’ve had the best luck with are pink, blue and silver.  We put a three foot shot of thirty pound Fluorocarbon in front of the chain with a ball bearing swivel for line twist.  On one of my last Spanish trips we caught over thirty Spanish and a fifth teen pound King mackerel on the Spanish Daisy chain.  Give it a try!

Flounder fishing has been good lately, with good numbers and starting to see bigger fish everyday.  We have caught Flounder good on live bait as well as artificial baits and some of the bigger Flounder lately have hit artificial baits.  Live baits like mud minnows and small mullet rigged on light Carolina rigs are doing the trick when using live baits.  Jig heads rigged with Berkley Gulps new Mud minnow/croaker pattern have been great for our Flounder trips in the last three weeks.  We have caught two Flounder over Five pounds so far on this new Gulp pattern.  We rig the Mud minnow Gulp on a 1/4oz to 3/8oz gray or red jig heads (spring lock) works the best.  A thirty pound mono or fluoro leader about fifth teen to twenty inches long will work just fine.  The colors that we’ve had the most luck with are Killifish, New Penny, Pearl White and Sardine.  I have no idea why these baits work so well for Flounder but they really do work.  On a trip two weeks ago, I had one guy fishing with the Mud minnow Gulp and he caught the biggest and most Flounder that day!

We’ve caught a few Reds this last two weeks, not as good as I would like it to be but still getting a hand full.  One thing we have in this area is a lot of pressure on the Redfish.  With so many people today chasing Redfish and with not a lot water fish IE: “lots of people fishing”, Redfish are taking a beating around Wrightsville Beach.  So how do you catch Redfish with so much pressure; go early in the mornings or very late afternoon or fish for something else!  “I’m sure you can tell in this short paragraph how I feel about local Redfishing lately.”

Shark fishing has gotten very good in the last two weeks and will only get better.  Shark fishing will be good until early October.  Best baits for the near shore sharks are, fresh and live Menhaden.  When we use bait to catch the sharks we use spinning reels, with 300+ yards of thirty and fifty pound Spider wire Ultracast braid.  Rigging the baits; eight feet of 80 pound mono leader; some will wind on to the reel. Connected the 80 pound mono to a fifty pound swivel, then to Two to three foot of #9 SS wire and an 8/0 or 9/0 off set J hook; this rig should get’em to the boat.

Fishing Gear we use:

Reels Penn Conquer and Sargus spinning in sizes 2000 and 4000. Spiderwire Ultra-cast braid in 10 and 15#.   Rods: Ugly stick lite 6’6” and 7’ Med & Med-Heavy and the All Star ASR spinning rod ASR844S and ASR845S.

Thanks for reading this report, if you would like to go fishing drop me a line. I’m very busy this time of year but if you would like to go fishing please feel free to call any time to check my availability and don’t forget to take a kid fishing!

Good Luck,

Captain Jot Owens
Ranger Boats Pro Staff
PENN Reels Elite Staff
www.captainjot.com
910-233-4139

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